Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg discussed adherence to human rights in Ukraine, according to the government’s press-office.
During the meeting Viktor Yanukovych, in particular, noted that Government of Ukraine attaches significance to relations with the Council of Europe and views this cooperation among the priorities of foreign policy. “Adherence to human rights – is a priority for Government’s activity”, he stressed.
According to the Prime Minister, the Government Action Program provides for strengthening social protection, struggle against poverty, guarantee of human rights and supremacy of law. The Government focuses special attention on guaranteeing freedom of speech and mass media, Viktor Yanukovych emphasized.
The meeting also concerned fighting for illegal turnover of drugs, measures in preventing HIV/AIDS, creation of proper conditions for people with defects. They also discussed strengthening the role of non-governmental organizations in guaranteeing human rights.
Prime Minister underscored that the Government positively appraises cooperation in implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine. “We clearly understand that the results of introducing these measures into life will promote fulfillment of obligations assumed by Ukraine. This will give an impetus for the development of civil society and guarantee of human rights and freedoms”, Viktor Yanukovych said.
As Thomas Hammarberg said, according to the results of his visit to Ukraine a report would be prepared.